Saturday, 12 August 2017

EFCC: Senate Rejected My Confirmation For “Obvious Reasons” – Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said that the lawmakers at the Senate are refusing to confirm his appointment for “obvious reasons.”

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Magu, who made this known in an interview with Daily Trust, also said “what I want is for everybody to join the fight against corruption, whether in law enforcement or not, because we need everybody on ground. Nobody has the monopoly of knowledge in fighting corruption, I emphasize that.”

Asked why the Senate has refused to confirm his nomination, the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency said, “It is your duty to find that out, not for me tell you. I think you should know better, but the reasons are very obvious.”

Magu also revealed he has visited the Vice-Chancellors of various Universities, urging them to add a course unit on anti-corruption.

“We will also appeal to them to create a course unit to emphasize anti-corruption, whether you are in sciences or the arts so that every youngster will grow with that in mind. It would help in wiping out corruption in its own way,” he said.

When asked what should be done to speed up the process of prosecution of corruption cases, he said, “Mine stops at investigating and taking the matter to court, and providing the essential evidence and witnesses. I have very young officers who go to court and face a lot of SANs. There’s a case during which we had about 31 SANs against one small boy lawyer who is just ten years into the profession. Why should somebody carry so many SANs to court, and use all type of language to intimidate the judges?”

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